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Samsung Announces Galaxy S4 Wireless Charger, Gamepad and S Health Accessories

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 21:56 -- Alex Gardner

We normally have to wait for third-party manufacturers to launch their own accessories after a new smartphone is released, but Samsung has decided to launch a few of their own. Samsung plans to release an S View Cover which features a window for easy access to the S4's AMOLED display, a wireless charging pad, a wireless scale, an S band companion bracelet, and an unnamed gaming pad prototype.

Samsung Galaxy S4

The Bluetooth game controller features dual analog sticks, a D-pad, four face, and two shoulder buttons. The game pad runs on AAA batteries and connects wirelessly to the Galaxy 4. Samsung did not mention a price or official release date, but the game pad is expected to be available sometime this summer.

Watch the Samsung Unpacked 2013 Video

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 21:52 -- Marshall Walker

You can now relive the Samsung Unpacked 2013 event thanks to its livestream on Youtube. The event was kind of dopey, but you can see all the great new features the Galaxy S4 has to offer instead of just reading about them.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Be sure to check out the Air Gesture demonstration at the 1:22 mark. Air Gesture allows you to fast-forward or rewind videos, move apps around, scroll up and down a web page, or accept a call with just the wave of your hand. Things don't really kick off until around the 41 minute mark, so make sure you jump ahead. The full video is after the break.

Samsung Announces the Galaxy S4 Smartphone

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 21:50 -- Alex Gardner

Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S4 smartphone at its Unpacked event in New York City. The new flagship phone features a 5-inch 1080p (1,920 x 1,080) Super AMOLED display with possibly the best smartphone feature ever... It works with gloves! Too bad winter is almost over. It will ship with 2GB RAM, Android 4.2.2 and a 1.6GHz Exynos Octa-core chip or a 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm depending on where your live. It also feature a 2,600mAh battery, an IR blaster, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, a 13MP BSI rear-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2MP front-facing camera.

Samsung 2013

Both the rear-facing and front-facing cameras can be used at the same time. Dual Video Call allows users to make video calls while simultaneously showing friends and family what they looking at, and the Dual Camera function allows users to select 8 different ways to combine photos taken by both cameras. The S4 is also equipped with 12 different shooting modes including Drama Shot and Sound & Shot. Drama Shot allows users to create animated GIFs, and Sound & Shot can record audio to go along with captured images.

HTC Introduces the Unlocked One Developer Edition

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 18:10 -- Fred Straker

The upcoming launch of the HTC One brings good news for developers. HTC plans to release the Developer Edition of their flagship smartphone around the same time, with an unlocked SIM and bootloader.

HTC One Developer Edition unlocked

The HTC One Developer Edition will be available in limited quantities to US customers at a price of $649. HTC is billing the Developer Edition as a "modern platform to build and test your apps". Whether or not the device comes with the clear back pictured remains to be seen.

HTC One Delayed Until April

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 18:20 -- Marshall Walker

An HTC rep has confirmed that shipments of the new flagship HTC One smartphone have been delayed. HTC now plans to push out pre-orders at the end of March followed by an April launch. HTC officially confirmed the shipping delay after it was rumored several UK retailers had adjusted their shipment date to March 29th. The HTC One was announced in early February with an expected March 15th launch, but an unknown problem has caused the original release date to be scrapped. Here is the official response from HTC:

"We will start fulfilling pre-orders by end March in certain markets and will roll out to more markets as we approach April.”

HTC One Shipment Delay

Galaxy S4 Too Big For MWC, Samsung Announces Separate Event

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:37 -- Sammy Snyder

Samsung has sent out invites for a special press event in New York City on March 14. The invite's tagline reads: "Ready 4 the Show"-- insinuating Samsung plans to unveil the Galaxy S4. Many expected Samsung to announce the S3's successor at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, but the S4 has outgrown the event.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung decision not to unveil the Galaxy S4 at MWC allows companies like Huawei, Nokia, and Blackberry to soak up more of the spotlight for their newly announced devices. HTC also chose to hold a separate event for its HTC One smartphone prior to MWC.

iPad mini Getting Pricier, 7-Inch Android Tablets Getting Cheaper

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:15 -- Alex Gardner

Apple is purportedly working on the second-generation iPad mini with Retina display... And if the rumors are correct, the new tablet will not only see a bump in resolution, but in price as well. The iPad mini is already one of the priciest 7-inch tablets on the market at $329, and the newly announced HP Slate7 will be one of the most affordable tablets in the near future.

Affordable Android Tablet

HP unveiled the Android Jelly Bean Slate7 on Sunday. Weighing just 13 ounces, and starting at just $169, the Slate7 sounds like a great tablet to take on the road. The 7-inch tablet is powered by an ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor, and features a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a front-facing VGA camera for video chatting.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a Tablet, eReader and Phone

Sun, 02/24/2013 - 11:52 -- Marshall Walker

We already knew an 8-inch Note was coming since January, but Samsung made it official at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona over the weekend. Unfortunately Samsung didn't announce the only thing we didn't know, pricing and availability.

Samsung MWC 2013

Samsung is touting the new mid-size Note as an all-in-one home companion. Not only does it replace the need for traditional pen and paper thanks to the S Pen, the Note is also an ereader, phone and TV remote! The Reading Mode is not only compatible with other third party ereader apps, but it controls the LCD display to make reading on the tablet easier on the eyes. The Note also offers a Smart Remote function for controlling other devices such as your TV or Blu-ray player.

Mobile World Congress 2013 Teasers

Sun, 02/24/2013 - 09:38 -- Marshall Walker

The Mobile World Congress is ready to kick off on February 25th in Barcelona, Spain, and ASUS' "Ultimate Craftsmanship" teaser already has everyone talking. You can check out the 30-second video and a few other early press releases and leaks below.

LG Optimus F7 and Optimus F5: Specs are unknown at this time, but here is a purported early look at LG's Optimus F7 and Optimus F5 via @evleaks. LG also released a teaser image and video over the weekend.

HTC Officially Announces HTC One Flagship Smartphone

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:59 -- Alex Gardner

HTC officially announced its new flagship HTC One smartphone at two simultaneous events in London and New York on Tuesday, February 19th. The HTC One is one of the first smartphones to utilize Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor. It sports a Gorilla Glass 2 protected 4.7-inch 1080p Super LCD 3 display and a machined aluminum shell. It weighs 143 grams and measures at 5.4 (137.4mm) x 2.7 (68.2mm) x 0.37 (9.3mm) inches.

HTC Flagship 2013

There are dual stereo speakers with a dedicated proprietary amp designed for reducing distortion, and two capacitive buttons (back and home) positioned on the front of the device. There is also a 2.1 MP front-facing camera with 88-degree wide-angle lens capable of capturing 1080p video. On the back of the handset you'll find what HTC is calling the "UltraPixel camera" and a single LED flash.

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